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The role of terminal domains during storage and assembly of spider silk proteins

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Eisoldt, Lukas ; Thamm, Christopher ; Scheibel, Thomas:
The role of terminal domains during storage and assembly of spider silk proteins.
In: Biopolymers. Vol. 97 (2012) Issue 6 . - pp. 355-361.
ISSN 1097-0282

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Fibrous proteins in nature fulfill a wide variety of functions in different structures ranging from cellular scaffolds to very resilient structures like tendons and even extra-corporal fibers such as silks in spider webs or silkworm cocoons. Despite their different origins and sequence varieties many of these fibrous proteins share a
common building principle: they consist of a large repetitive core domain flanked by relatively small nonrepetitive terminal domains. Amongst protein fibers, spider dragline silk shows prominent mechanical properties that exceed those of man-made fibers like Kevlar. Spider silk fibers assemble in a spinning process allowing the transformation from an aqueous solution into a solid fiber within milliseconds. Here, we highlight the role of the non-repetitive terminal domains of spider dragline silk proteins during storage in the gland and initiation of the fiber assembly process.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: In: Special Issues Silks
Keywords: spider silk; biomaterials; silk assembly; nonrepetitive termini; fibrous proteins
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Biomaterials > Chair Biomaterials - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Advanced Materials
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Molecular Biosciences
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Polymer and Colloid Science
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Food and Health Sciences
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Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 08:26
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 13:27